PLOT: Three burglars target a blind military man.
Trios of young robbers decide to steal big money from a blind vet only to find out he is not helpless and he is not noble. Oh man, I was skeptical about the movie but when I learned Stephen Lang was starring in it I wanted to see it. Lang was the tough commander in the successful film Avatar and he doesn’t disappoint! The blind man can handle himself. The thieves and the audience go through hell before it’s over. It is very good to be shown at the end of summer.
PLOT: Remake of the 1977 of the same name.
This is a “realistic” movie of a dragon living in the woods. It is slow moving but if you stick with it the film is wonderful and magical. The dragon’s design looked like a dog. It didn’t make money maybe because it was too cute and sweet but it was still good. Worth watching with the family.
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
PLOT: A young boy goes on a quest to protect him from evil. Based on the novel of the same name.
Kubo tells stories but never finish them for he must be home before dark for sinister forces will find him so he has to go on an adventure to find magical sword, shield and helmet to save himself from his wicked aunts. It is very creative and visually stunning. It is a bit scary at times but still very good.
PLOT: After 10 years of leaving the agency that turned him into a killer, he is drawn back in for someone tells him he wasn’t randomly chosen.
Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is back to find out about his father, the spy agency he used to work for and revenge too. The movie is a thinking man James Bond. It has excitement, drama and intelligent females. The best thing about the film is Damon the original Bourne. He is intense, macho and sympathetic. It is worth seeming.
PLOT: A secret government agency recruits super villains.
Based on the comic book of the same name super villains such as Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quin (Margot Robbie), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and Diablo (Jay Hernandez). Their boss is Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and with a group like this you have to be badass and she is. The cast is very good and the stand-outs are Smith and Robbie in their roles. The villain is the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) she possesses a woman and she has massive power but she is not well-known and she wasn’t interesting. The Joker (Jared Leto) is in their too but not much and he is fun to watch. Hopefully, the next movie their will have a better villain. It is a mix bag of a movie but the good parts outweigh the bad ones.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
PLOT: Pampered dog has to share with another dog.
Max is a cute, spoiled dog and his owner takes in a big, furry dog named Duke. They don’t like each other at first and then they get into an adventure where the two have to help each other. It is very funny, a little sad and action packed! It is a fun to watch. It has made a lot of money so a sequel is in the works. GO, GO NOW!
PLOT: The sequel to 2011 The Mechanic.
Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) wants to give up the life of a hitman but is forced to kill three people or his girlfriend will be killed. Is Bishop a hitman or a superspy with all the gadgets, kills and the beautiful Jessica Alba. Michelle Yeoh is a supporting character but she doesn’t do any martial arts. It is as good as it gets with a Jason Statham movie.
THE KILLING JOKE
PLOT: The popular graphic novel now a movie.
The graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bollard is about The Joker who tries his best to make Commissioner Gordon insane by very demented events. I never read the graphic novel but the movie is VERY GRIM. It is also explains the origin of The Joker ( no back story for the longest) and you feel sympathy for him. The ending is very strange, the viewer has to decide what it all means. The movie is playing one day in select theaters and on video very soon.
PLOT: An updated version of the classic movie starring all women as the Ghostbusters!
Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Erin (Kristin Wiig) Jillian (Kate McKinnon) and Patty (Leslie Jones) are the new team who find, capture and take out apparitions (ghosts). They have a handsome but dumb receptionist Chris Hemsworth (Thor). The film is MUCH better than the trailer and the special effects are amazing. Comparing the classic with the contemporary movie is up to the individual. The film is not bad but it wasn’t necessary to be rebooted.
STAR TREK BEYOND
PLOT: The crew must stop a villain who has a weapon to destroy the world.
Kirk(Chris Pine) has doubts he wasn’t the perfect captain he should have been, Spock(Zachary Quinto) is having problems with girlfriend Uhura (Zoe Saldana) but all that is nothing when the Enterprise is attacked by bad-guy Krall (Idris Elba) and they have to evacuate the ship, survive on a strange, new planet and stop Krall to unleash his bio-weapon. Just another day in the Star Trek universe and it is good. Star Trek: Into Darkness was okay to me but this was much better. The evil Krall does have a back-story to humanize him a little and Jaylah ((Sofia Boutella, Kingsmen Secret Service) an alien who can defend herself. If you are a fan of this franchise you will enjoy it and even if you’re not a fan you will enjoy it.
INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
PLOT: The aliens are back and they are bigger, meaner and smarter.
First of all if you enjoyed the first movie you will like the second movie and if you didn’t don’t bother. Independence Day Resurgence is like the first film doing the same thing only different characters are doing it. The movie tries to explain what happened to the major characters of ID4. There are new people in the fight against the aliens but you will enjoy David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) and Dr. Brakish Okiun (Brent Spiner). These two are great and were in the last film. It is a silly spectacular popcorn flick that made Independence Day fun but it is just more enhanced.
TEENAGED MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS
PLOT: The further adventures of four turtles.
You shouldn’t watch this movie if you don’t like the concepts of six feet turtles as superheroes. I liked it as a cartoon and the movies. This film is a live –action cartoon with villains and monsters and heroes, human and mutants. The story is about Shredder, the turtle’s nemesis with help from a scientist to open a portal to bring another evil being Krang to destroy the world. Story is not that important but the stunts and CGI are. It didn’t do well in the theaters but on video it will do very well.
PLOT: Dory, the forgetful fish wants to find her parents.
Dory, a blue tang fish is a sweet lovable and forgetful. Despite memory loss she is determined to find her family by being creative and daring. Her adventure she meets animals who have difficulty too but willing to help her. The sequel is just enjoyable as Finding Nemo in 2003. Kids will love it and so will adults and anyone who understands the meaning of family.
PLOT: Two estrange friends join forces to save the world.
Ben Stone (Dwayne Johnson) was a fat kid and was humiliated in school and one guy stood up for him, Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) in 1996. Now Calvin is married to a beautiful wife, a good job, as an accountant but doesn’t feel he is living up to his potential. Ben is a spy and remembers his friend Calvin to help him find information to save the world. It is funny but the action is much better. Johnson you don’t know is he the good guy, the bad guy or the crazy guy. Hart is funny playing the average guy who gets way over his head. Worth to watch if you like these two actors.
PLOT: Based on the popular video game where orcs and humans must join together to stop an even bigger threat.
I have a confession before I review: I never played the very popular game but as a movie it is EPIC. You can enjoy the movie if you never played the game for it is a sad popcorn movie. Orcs and humans must fight together against a wizard and the result is death and tragedy. It is played very seriously, not much humor at all and you actually care about the orcs than the people.
PLOT: Two middle class black men pretend to be gangstas to get back their cute little kitten.
Key and Peele had a very funny show on Comedy Central and they debut in this. If you like their type of comedy you will enjoy this. Believe it or not the action sequences are very good. They comedy is good too but it is like a 90 minute movie of their skits. The best thing really is the cute little kitten and (minor spoiler) the actor Keanu Reeves does the voice of the kitten in a dream sequence.
NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING
PLOT: The sequel to the successful Neighbors.
Mac and Kelly (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) are having their second kid and they want a bigger home. Shelby (Chole Grace Moretz, Hit Girl, Carrie) is a lonely student who realizes there are too many rules at the sororities in her college so she makes her own sororities and the house she picks is next door to Mac and Kelly. It is crude, vulgar but it is also funny too. I really saw the movie because of Moretz. She seemed out of place for comedy because she is an action star.
THE CONJURING 2
PLOT: Paranormal married couple Ed and Lorraine Warren investigates a possessed child in England.
Based on a true story of a single mother and one of her daughters is possessed and the Warren couple will help them. There are a few jolts in the film but what is truly interesting is that there is faith and the paranormal pair belief in God. It is very rare in modern horror today. In a strange way this is why many religious movie fans made the movie a hit because of faith and family. Minor spoiler: The Creepy Nun is very scary and she (it?) may have a solo movie.